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Origin of the name Minette

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Hi! I know a girl with the name Minette, but couldn’t find it on your site and thought it was really pretty. Could it be added? I know it is of French origin, but don’t know much beyond that.

Thanks,
Madeline

Hi Madeline,

The root “Min” comes from the name Minnie, which is a diminutive form of the name Mary. “Ette” is a French tag that was originally used for nicknames.  So yes, the origin is French, and the meaning is the same as Mary: “Bitter” or “Of the Sea.”  Thank you for this new name! We will add Minette to our names database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer